Obama had some truly outstanding legal intellectuals and judges to choose from—Cass Sunstein, Elena Kagan, and Diane Wood come immediately to mind. The White House chose a judge distinguished from the other members of that list only by her race. Obama may say he wants to put someone on the Court with a rags-to-riches background, but locking in the political support of Hispanics must sit higher in his priorities.So said the left's modern version of Goebbels, John Yoo. The crux of his dissent (which must be coming from an unspecified location outside Berkeley where he is on the faculty) is that she'll let feelings triumph over the law. Her public speeches seem to suggest it. But that's exactly what Obama said he wanted!
It is experience that can give a person a common touch and a sense of compassion, an understanding of how the world works and how ordinary people live. And that is why it is a necessary ingredient in the kind of justice we need on the Supreme Court.Before he said he didn't:
Second is a recognition of the limits of the judicial role, an understanding that a judge's job is to interpret, not make law, to approach decisions without any particular ideology or agenda, but rather a commitment to impartial justice, a respect for precedent, and a determination to faithfully apply the law to the facts at hand.So it's hard to say.
We know Hannity will be going nuts but as to her formal confirmation, conservatives should be respectful when expressing their dissenting views. The last thing anyone needs is Ms. Mayor's spouse being driven to tears like Mrs. Alito or made the butt of late-night comedians like Tina Fey.